Real Estate Law Resources

Websites

General

Real estate finance

  • Mortgate-Investments.com – 800+ pages of real estate and mortgage information. Includes forms, spreadsheets, mortgage calculators, and an extensive resources page.
  • Yahoo! Real Estate – Search for lenders, realtors, home values, available properties, rentals, foreclosures, news headlines, and more. Includes national graphs of mortgage rates and market conditions. Also offers how-to guides and advice.
  • Appraisal Institute – News, laws, regulations, learning resources, and other information about real estate valuation.

Land use

Owning & renting

  • Rentlaw.com – Comprehensive information for landlords and tenants. Also has information on renter’s insurance, personal credit, commercial real estate, and more. Includes an eviction guide outlining the general eviction process followed by most states.
  • Landlord.com – Do-it-yourself resources for landlords, including forms and checklists, articles, and laws for all 50 states.
  • National Housing Law Project – National housing law and advocacy center. Links to resources on public housing, Section 8, HUD, tax credits, low-income buyers/renters, and more.
  • HUD User – Offers in-depth analysis of U.S. housing policy, regulations, market conditions, and more. Over 1,000 publications and data sets available for download. Also offers a searchable bibliography of over 10,000 housing-related book and article citations.
  • FEAR – Comprehensive site of asset forfeiture resources. Links to federal and state statutes, federal court cases, articles, legislation and lobbying, court news, and more.

Construction law

  • Constructionrisk.com – Portal for construction risk management information, including articles, newsletters, and a topical directory. Also links to a directory of consultants, lawyers, and expert witnesses.

Blogs

  • PropertyProf Blog – Member of the Law Professors Blog Network.
  • Matrix – Ethics and issues in real estate appraisal.
  • Other real estate blogs – List of real estate blogs, many specific to certain cities (e.g., New York, Chicago, San Francisco) or countries (e.g., Canada).

Associations & agencies

Journals, news & articles

  • GlobeSt.com – Commercial real estate news source. Organizes coverage by city, region (e.g., Northwest, Southeast), or sector (e.g., capital markets, industrial, retail, office). Blogs and opinion pieces are available under Features.
  • Realty Times – Real estate news network. Offers news articles and videos, consumer advice, and a daily market conditions report. Article archive goes back to January 1998.
  • CNN Homes – Mortgage and real estate news from CNN.
  • Legal Wiz – Over 100 free articles on real estate topics.

Research guides